TYPES OF LICENSES
The professional beauty licenses available vary from state to state. The possibilities include: cosmetology, hairdresser, esthetics and skin care, nail technician, barber, permanent makeup artist, cosmetology teacher, electrology specialist and makeup artists.
HOW MANY HOURS ARE REQUIRED
Barbering and cosmetology licenses require the most hours, usually ranging from 1500 to 2100 depending on your state. Most states also have esthetics and skin care licenses, which often include makeup artistry, and those have a huge range – some states require as few as 350 hours and others require as many as 1500 hours. Shorter programs like nail technology and stand-alone makeup artistry require only 300 to 600 hours.
Some states allow you to apprentice for your cosmetology license, and they usually require twice as many hours apprenticing to get licensed as they do to go to school and get licensed.
Most states require a written or oral exam, in addition to a practical skills exam. Some states allow you to take it in languages besides English.
Most states require you to renew your license every 2 years, but some are more or less often. A few states require you to complete some continuing education units to renew your license.
For more information, check out our updated and improved cosmetology licensing requirements by state.
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